American officials investigating last month's crash of an Egyptian airliner say that a report about comments recorded by a crew-member just before the disaster was mistaken. The report suggested that the co-pilot said that he had made a decision and was putting his faith in God's hands, giving rise to theories that the plane was crashed deliberately.

The officials said that a closer review of the voice recorder has revealed that the first remark, about making a decision, was not spoken. More than 200 people died hen the Boeiing 767 went down off the coast of Massachusetts. While officials have still not ruled out the possibility that the crash was caused deliberately, the Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Jim Hall, said that speculation about what had been said was not helpful.